Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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“I’m not just OK,” says Kim Rancourt, raconteur, archivist, tour guide, songwriter, etc. and so forth. “I’m A-OK.” He’s speaking from Brooklyn, a place he’s called home long enough to be a native, though he’s a Michigander by birth and raising. He emerged from Royal Oak, a small-ish Detroit suburb that reached its peak population in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, it boasts less than 60,000, though Rancourt would find escape in a less populated region, travelling to the state’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula to attend Northern Michigan University.

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Gov’t Mule released its latest album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go earlier in 2017 to critical acclaim and enthusiastic fan reactions. The record finds the veteran act reinvigorated with guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes singing with greater clarity and confidence than ever before. The rhythm section of Matt Abts (drums) and Jorgen Carlsson (bass) has solidified nicely in its nearly decade-long run with longtime keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis further establishing his role as an invaluable element of the band.

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Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen and Glen Velez have been performing in the genre-smashing group Trio Globo since the early 1990s. Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t world music. Or, rather, it’s not just world music. It’s the kind of music you’d expect if you didn’t have expectations about what would happen when three singular talents gather in a room and challenge each other to play at the edge of their talents.

A Musical Life: Uche

Sep 29, 2017

Uche is a Wichita-based musician who performs as a solo artist and as Uche and The Crash.

“My parents left Nigeria for England in the ‘60s. So, myself and one of my brothers, was born in Leicester, England, which is in the Midlands: Birmingham, Manchester, up there. So, in 1970, we moved here to the States, to Jefferson City, Missouri.

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John Prine remains a singular voice in American music. It’s fitting that his biography fits with the mythology of the nation as well. He grew up in Chicago in the post-World War II era, joined the Army and came home, taking a job as postman. He delivered mail by day and, in his telling, often wrote songs in his head, trying them out on his guitar when he returned home. Along with writers such as Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc and others, he became a central figure of the Chicago folk revival.

  

KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

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Monday, October 2

Released in 1983, The Principle of Moments was Robert Plant’s second solo album and the first to reach wide commercial appeal, thanks in part to the single “Big Log.” The album saw Plant teaming with a cast of musicians that included his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Phil Collins. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as Cavedweller, the solo debut release by Matt Cameron, known for his work with Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Tuesday, October 3

Gathering is the latest release from singer-songwriter Josh Ritter. The album features Ritter’s signature literate, poignant lyrics as well as guest appearance from the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. We’ll hear from this release as well as music from Loudon Wainwright III’s Last Man on Earth.

Wednesday, October 4

We celebrate World Animal Day with music from Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, Wings, The Kinks, Lil Bub and many more.

Thursday, October 5

We'll remember musician Tom Petty, who died earlier this week at age 66, with selections from his solo work, with his longtime band The Heartbreakers and as a guest player and as producer with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Johnny Cash and more. Plus selections from Petty's time with Traveling Wilburys, the supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Friday, October 6

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends, The Oh Sees, and Primus. Plus, a birthday celebration for Tommy Stinson, former bassist for The Replacements; we’ll hear music from his work with that band plus Bash & Pop, Soul Asylum and more.

Saturday, October 7

The Replacements earned a reputation for wild, sloppy and frequently defiant live shows, leading band co-founder Tommy Stinson to suggest that the reason there were no live albums from the band was that there wasn’t much to be found. That changes with For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s, a Holy Grail performance which captures the band in February, 1986 at the legendary Hoboken, New Jersey club. It’s also among the group’s final live performances with founding member, guitarist Bob Stinson, who died in 1995. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from the 2002 Johnny Thunders release, You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.

Monday, October 9

We celebrate the birthday of John Lennon with selections from his time in The Beatles plus his solo work and collaborations with artists such as David Bowie and Harry Nilsson.

Tuesday, October 10

In 1972, Pink Floyd traveled to Pompeii, Italy to perform at the city’s ancient Roman amphitheater to an audience of no one. The band’s guitarist, David Gilmour, returned to the city in 2016 for a performance in front of thousands of fans. A new live set chronicles Gilmour’s shows there in July of that year. The material spans from his time in Pink Floyd to his most recent solo work. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from Pete Townshend’s 1985 album White City: A Novel, to which Gilmour made significant contributions. 

Wednesday, October 11

Hallelujah Anyhow is the latest release from Hiss Golden Messenger, the name under which musician MC Taylor performs. We’ll hear selections from this new effort plus music by Bob Mould from his 1989 solo debut, Workbook.

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After 21 years of life as a touring musician, singer-songwriter Damien Jurado was struck with an idea: What if he stopped playing the same major markets and traveled to some places he’d never been before?

Richard X. Heyman’s latest album, Incognito, reaffirms the veteran artist’s place in the pantheon of great American songwriters. OK, not the songwriters who are part of the (yawn) Great American Songbook, but the guys (and women) who have inspired others to take up their pens, cheap notebooks, weathered pack of Gitanes and start strumming their own hits. The garage heroes and heroines whose limited run singles we hold tight to our breasts or place on shelves so that they sit higher than all others.

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Monday, September 25 

Released in December, 1971 Wild Life was the third post-Beatles release from Paul McCartney and the first from his band, Wings. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode plus selections from the brand-new album by Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Anna Tivel, Small Believer.

Tuesday, September 26

Treasures Untold is the recent live LP from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Listen for music from that recording on this episode of Strange Currency plus selections from the latest by Gov’t Mule, Revolution Come … Revolution Go.

Wednesday, September 27

Released in 1977, Linda Rondstadt’s Simple Dreams was notable for its inclusion of songs by Warren Zevon, the Rolling Stones and others. We’ll hear selections from this recently reissued recording plus new music from Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

Thursday, September 28

We’ll hear new music from Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club plus music from the second full-length release by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, Hatchetations.

Friday, September 29

We team up with Global Village and Crossroads to celebrate International Coffee Day. Strange Currency will feature selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Saturday, September 30

Black Country Communion features former Black Sabbath/Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, contemporary blues artist Joe Bonamassa, ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham. The band recently reunited for its fourth album, simply titled BCCIV. Listen for music from that recording on this episode plus music from Glenn Hughes’ 2016 effort, Resonate.

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